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too high for rescue workers to go into the west virginia mine in search of four missing coal workers. while a community waits, the drilling continues. >> we have one drill currently in operation, that is drilled down about 560 feet. right next to that, we have another drill hole -- >> the drilling, an effort to clear dangerous gases from inside this west virginia mine, so rescue workers can enter. four miners are missing since monday's deadly explosion. >> rescue teams are prepared. they are charged un, ready to go, and they will go in a moment's notice. >> those teens will face adverse conditions inside, dangers like dust and debris. >> when an explosion occurs, it has the ability to lift that material up and move it to an area and cause a lot of destruction. >> days after the blast, the questions linger. like how the mine was allowed to operate with multiple serious citations. >> there really isn't a mechanism to shut down a problem such as this. >> one mine worker says despite the risks of the job and tragedies like monday's explosion, the industry is a crucial part of this
>>> praying for a miracle. still no sign of life for four miners trapped in a west virginia mine for more than a day and a half. >>> targeting terror. the u.s. government approves the killing of an american cleric. >>> and body on board. two women are caught trying to sneak a dead man onto an airplane. sneak a dead man onto an airplane. >> he wasn't dead. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning, thanks for joining us, i'm michelle gielan. they're praying for a miracle in west virginia this morning. a desperate effort is under way to reach four missing miners trapped by monday's coal mine explosion. the blast killed at least 25 miners. rescue crews are drilling shafts to vent deadly gases but they don't expect to break through until late today. terrell brown is in montcoal, west virginia with more. good morning, terrell. >> reporter: good morning to you. we saw a number of fire trucks racing back toward that coal mine this morning. apparently there was a brushfire on or near the property. no word this morning on how serious that was. meanwhile rescuers continue to work to save t
. >>> and new information tonight in the investigation into that deadly mine explosion in west virginia. records now show the energy upper big branch mine was sited twice for violating federal safety rules on monday. the day of the blast. we do not know if those citations came before or after the explosion. the associated press is also reporting tonight that the emergency air safety system at the mine was not working on monday and had been broken for three months. tonight, rescue crews are drilling holes and trying to vent some of the poisonous gas out of that mine. >> we just can't take any chances of the rescue teams going into an area that could in and of itself cause a problem or explosion. >> we put an exhausting fan on that hole so we can measure the quality of air that is down in the mine. >> 25 miners died in monday's explosion. four others are still missing. >>> you heard it first at 7:00 last night and tonight, we are getting reaction to the governor's plan to bring back confederate history month. >> the first confederate battle flag. >> ed proudly displays the battle flag of the
virginia. rescue crews have finished drilling the first hole, but there is still no response from the four workers trapped under ground since monday's deadly mine explosion. katherine brown has the latest from west virginia. >> reporter: crews are making steady progress, drilling down into the west virginia mine where four men are still missing. >> they decided to put a third hole beside it, because that will give them more ability to extract, if you will, and vent. >> they are cutting through a thousand feet of earth to ventilate poisonous gases. >> if you are a miner under ground and heard the drill drilling, you knew people would be coming after you. >> monday's massive under ground explosion killed 25 miners and sent two to the hospital. four other men have not been located and the hope is that they made it to an airtight chamber stocked with food and water. the families are comforting one another as they wait for any word from under ground. some 15,000 west virginiaens work in the mines and live with the dangers every day. >> when a man goes under, he knows, you know, that that
. it was in back of the vehicle. >> all right, lindsey, thank you for that. west virginia's governor says family members of the men still missing after a mine explosion are holding on to a sliver of hope. but about an hour ago, officials announced the gas in the mine is too dangerous for rescuers to get back inside. this is all taking place in the tiny town of monte coal, west virginia. katherine brown has the latest. >> reporter: crews are making headway high above a west virginia mine where four men are still missing. they are drilling holes through a thousand feet of earth and rock. >> we put an exhausting fan on that hole. >> rescuers can't go back in until the gas gets vented out. investigators believe a buildup of methane contributed to the huge explosion that killed 25 miners on monday. but this is still a rescue operation until the other four miners are located. >> everyone is holding on to the hope that their dad or that's their brother or that's their son. >> crews on the surface are trying to send a signal to the missing men who may have been able to make it to an airtight chambe
at the west virginia mine where deadly gases at unheard levels are keeping rescuers at bay as the families of four missing men wait and pray. >>> plus, honoring the confederacy and stirring up controversy. one governor's decision opens up some old wounds and draws condemnation from some african-american leaders. i'm wolf blitzer. you are in "the situation room." >>> they are self-proclaimed christian with warriors planning to attack law enforcement officers here in the united states and insight the overthrow of the u.s. government. chilling allegations against the alleged members of a michigan malit malitia, and now ominous recordings revealing a deep sea of loathing of those they call terrorists. susan candiotti is working the story for us. susan, tell the viewers what you have. >> reporter: well, wolf, cnn has obtained exclusively an audiotape played during a bond hearing for alleged members of the gutari militia last week. the government says you are about to hear the voice of the alleged leader. >> in this nation we think we are free, but you need a certificate to be born, a license to
>>> tonight on "world news," silence and hope. fumes pour out of the mine in west virginia. no sound of the four miners still missing, and we have team coverage again tonight. and we talk to the man supervising the rescue. >>> battle lines. virginia's governor wants to celebrate confederate history, and not mention slavery? >>> fog of war. you be the judge. a video has millimeters and millions of people debating, is this combat or reckless killing? >>> and, arican heart. one little girl plays and plays to give others more life. >>> good evening. in west virginia tonight, one hole has been drilled through the wall blocking the route to the four missing miners. but when the rescuers broke through, gases so toxic and dangers poured out, the team was nearly overcome, and had to stop. nearby, the families of the missing still stand sentry, their hopes firing up the determination of fellow miners to get through whatever they find on the other side. and david muir is on that scene tonight with the very latest for us. david? >> reporter: diane, as you know, they have been able to d
will be closed. >> i will talk about travel times, which are in our favor along 270, 95. not bad in virginia. normal stuff on 66 out of manassas to get into vienna. 123 is open between international drive and the beltway. 95 in springfield. the normal pattern on the left side. headlights are northbound on the way to the pentagon. >> thank you. >>> we begin with breaking news. a violent night in howard county. four people were shot. pamela brown is live on the scene with some late breaking details. >> we know that two juveniles were shot and were taken to shock trauma. we're not sure about their condition. you can see crime solvers are on the scene looking for any evidence to piece together what exactly happened shortly after midnight. my photographer will show the car. this car with shattered windows, shattered glass and bullet holes. we're not sure what transport and we're hoping to find out more information. a mile away, we went there earlier this morning. it is a trailer park. there was a shooting there. their work two people shot. one was taken to the hospital. we're not sure about their
mine in raleigh county, west virginia. charleston. that blast was caused by a buildup of methane gas. mitt rescue crews are still hopeful they will find some survivors. steve handelsman has our report from raleigh county. >> reporter: as family and friends waited and hoped for a miracle the drilling teams made quick progress. boring a six-inch-wide hole down to the mine before dawn to where 25 men died monday. you about four miners might still be alive. they are drilling other holes as well. they are using pumps to pull methane from the chamber. so rescuers can re-enter. surviving miners may have made it to one of two sealed shelter. >> we know they didn't come out so -- you -- next option would be for them to go through that refuge chamber. >> dust, dirt, debris, blowing. if hi to put my head down i couldn't see. >> reporter: stanley is a miner who survived the blast monday. now he's agonizing about his missing friends. >> my very good buddy. people don't understand the comradey between miners. >> upper big branch mine cited 12 times last month for ventilation violations. >> all
phone calls in the night. virginia celebrates the confederacy. and also where we start tonight with governor's bob mcdonnell's decision. and virginia ron yagan a former radio talk show host working on a book about his dad. and pat buchanan and msnbc analyst. start with what happened in minnesota today. it's an amazing event. we'll get to the confederate stuff later. what's going on? show you right now is governor palin today with balkman. very fascinating political figures. very good on the stump. much more exciting than mitch mcconnell or john boehner. here is the new starpower of the republican party. let's watch today. >> on the outside i am here to testify she is 20 times more beautiful on the inside. please help me welcome governor sarah palin. >> you know, pat, i think i had a small role here in hosting this program one day when michelle bachmann came on and said we ought to have a media investigation. you were here. and the senate out of that -- a caterpillar became a butterfly and saw her today. she's dazzle on the stump. her speech today was so well given. i think that
that is probably worth less money. in the hills of west virginia, greff strickin families want to know if that could have been avoided. precious lives of hard-working americans. we'll spend some time on both questions tonight. we'll take a close look at the safety record at the mine and take a look at whether the people who should have known better failed to raise alarms. we will share with you an exchange once unthinkable. former chairman alan green span is blamed for the seeds of the collapse. two different challenges yet the same key accountability question. did the government have enough evidence of bad, risky, reckless, even life threatening behavior yet failed to act. an important question and props a too painful lesson. the heart wrenching wait continues in raleigh county, west virginia. search and rescue teams still can't enter the mine. they can't enter because levels of poisonous gases are too high. four miners are still unaccounted for. each passing hour makes survivors in shafts filled with toxic gases less and less likely. more holes are being drilled into the hillside to
virginia community koeps with tragedy. good afternoon. i'm pat lawson muse. >> i'm jim handly. drilling began late tuesday and continues at this hour to save those four trapped men. prettiers are working to clear enough poisonous gas from the upper big branch mine in west virginia to help rescue workers begin entering and searching. investigators believe an accumulation of the gas may have contributed to the blast. it killed at least 25 miners, making it the worst u.s. mining accident in more than two decades. crews have been drilling holes into the mine in an effort to vent methane. we begin our coverage with steve handelsman. he is live near the scene of this deadly explosion in naoma, west virginia. what's the latest? >> reporter: good evening. here at the upper big branch mine complex, short time ago, officials were bringing us up to date. not a lot of ee norm us headline material but they did confirm when they first punched threw the mine, atmosphere in there was as they feared and expected, contaminated badly with methane. if the four guys alive, they would only be alive if they m
good night, america. we'll see you later. . >>> a race against the clock in west virginia. four miners missing in a deadly explosion that killed 25 others. tonight the race is on to find out if they're dead or alive. >>> thanks for joining us this evening. i'm shawn yancy. >>> i'm brian bolter. the frantic search to locate those missing miners is happening as we speak. drilling started about four hours ago. they have to get 1200 feet down to reach the blast site. meanwhile we're learning more about problems with the mine flagged months ago. fox 5's tom fitzgerald live tonight in montcoal, west virginia monitoring the latest. >> reporter: this drilling operation started a few hours ago. it will go into tomorrow. the goal is to vent the methane gas that built up in the mine shaft which is believed to have caused the explosion yesterday. but even as that operation goes on, we are learning new details about this mine itself. the coal production of the big branch mine nearly tripled last year but so, too, was there a big jump in the safety violations here. nearly 50 just last month a
20 years. >>> time is running out for four miners who might still be alive inside west virginia coal mine. the holes are being drilled into the ground to vent the lethal gas. >> it is the thought on everyone's mind. every hour that passes is an hour that could mean the difference between life and death. polls have been drilled, but crews must wait for the toxic methane to drop. >> we had a slight problem at the surface because of the high concentration of carbon dioxide. it was to the point that was affecting the drilling. >> search crews came agonizingly close to their search for the miners but were forced to turn back for fear of endangering the rescuers. >> it is very difficult and there is dust covered just about everything in the coal mine. >> there is still hope they will be found alive, that they made it to the one safety chamber that was not trapped. >> rescue teams are prepared. >> prayers are helping the families of the fallen and missing, families who could do nothing but wait. >> she has not slept, showered, changed clothes. she is not moving until she hears word about he
virginia later in the program with the congressman whose district the mine is in. >>> meanwhile, afghanistan denying today one of the most inflammatory reports about president hamid karzai that we've heard in a while. that he threatened to join the taliban if the united states kept pressuring him. >> we were shocked to see such kind of comment in the media. the government of afghanistan in which president karzai is a democratically elected president has fighting against terror and fighting against those who put the life of our good people in danger as priority number one. and in that context, that comment, whoever has come up with that, does not make sense. >> san van na guthrie is nbc correspondent and cohost of "the daily rundown." nbc chief foreign correspondent richard engel is live for us in kabul. is this a case that they are shocked to hear that hamid karzai may have said something, shocked that they're gambling with -- are we -- >> reporter: i think it's -- i don't think they're really shocked by it. president karzai has said things like this in the past. what they're sh
, an explosion in west virginia. thanks, brian. >>> there are new questions today over mine safety and coal profits. following this accident, labor secretary hilda solis is promising to take action with a special team of investigators to look into what caused the explosion. in a statement she writes, miners should never have to sacrifice their lives for their livelihood. let's bring in journalist and cultural historian jeff biggers joining us on skype today, the author of "reckoning at eagle creek, the secret legacy of coal in the heartland." good to have you on with us. you know this industry as well as anyone. it is a way of life. it's how they make a living. there's not a whole lot of economic development in this part of west virginia except coal mining. have the people of this area just come to accept the risk? >> they've come to accept the risk but i think like any americans they want to be able to go to work every day knowing that there are rules on the books that are going to be followed and enforced, that there's no reason to have unnecessary risks, especially if they're going to lo
>>> making news on this wednesday, april 7th -- >> holding on to hope. families in west virginia wait for word on the fate of four miners, as well relatives share stories on the men who didn't make it out. >>> could the tragedy have been prevented? >>> and in space, a historic rendezvous between the shuttle and space station. >>> and good morning, everyone. i'm todd connor, in for jeremy hubbard. >> and i'm vinita nair. as west virginia mourns the loss of 25 miners in that horrific explosion, the hope this morning is that a miracle will take place. is it possible that four miners still missing managed to make their way to safety underground? >>> once the mine is depletely silent, they will send in tapped signals that the four, trapped men would recognize and hopefully respond to. >> t.j. winick joins us now from montcoal where the drills have been working all night. >> reporter: good morning. west virginia's governor says it could be midday before progress is made on four ventilation afts. even then, it could be an additional four to five hours before rescuers could reechl the ar
virginia, people are remembering the 25 miners lost. four miners are still unaccounted for. the rescuers had started drilling to try to release toxic gases from the mind. inspectors cited that might nearly 550 times last year for safety violations. we will have a live report coming up. >>> d.c. teachers might have reason to celebrate today. a new contract is almost a done deal. courtney robinson has details. >> good morning. this has been a long fight for d.c. public school administrators and the washington teachers union. according to information on the website late last fight, it seems they have reached a tentative agreement in negotiations about a new contract. for all of the teachers, they will see an 11% raise. it comes as part of the pact where teachers will see about a 20% salary increase, much of it paid for through and a typical arrangement. $64.5 million, and from private foundations. that the chief financial officer to make sure that the money they are guaranteeing is sound. then it will go before the teachers union. then before council for approval. it is still a long process
, 83 degrees in springfield, virginia. already 83 in fairfax county out at dulles international airport where the record high today at dulles is only 84. so they're 1 degree away from tiths record and two from breaking it already at dulles international airport. of course, dulles' airport records only go back to 1963. the record at national airport is 94 degrees back to 1929. temperatures are going to continue to warm here as we have this strong western atlantic ridge of high pressure, the old bermuda high we usually talk about in august and july, it's here in april. sunny today. near record high temperatures. no doubt about it. the uv index is high today. spf 30 or better if you're going to spend time outside. highs today, 88 to 94 degrees. wait till you hear the list of impressive cities we beat to 90 degrees this year, including your hometown. >> all right. that means las vegas. >> that's right. >> all right. thank you. jerry edwards has an update on our midday traffic. how is it rolling along in this heat? >> good morning to you, good morning, everyone. tough going because of the ro
in west virginia. >>> we're going go back to montcoal this evening at 10. you can follow the latest developments on our website, for updates on the recovery efforts and an in-depth look at the safety history from massy energy company, running the mine where the explosion happens, it's on our home page at www.myfoxdc.com. >>> and following breaking news on a bombshell e-mail from a toyota executive. the "associated press" reports that five days before the massive recall, an executive wrote, quote, we need to come clean. the ap said the e-mail came from herve miller, a company vice president and went on to say, quote, the time to hide on this one is over, and quotes, we're not protecting our customers by keeping this quiet. the report claims that miller wrote the e-mail as toyota officials were on their way to washington to discuss accelerator problems with the federal regulators. >>> friends and family are burying two -- funeral services were held today for boyd. the 18-year-old and three others were shot and killed last week on south capitol street in southeast. the mourners gathere
. yesterday's accident in the west virginia mine is already blamed for killing 25 workers. the hope now, the four others somehow survived. fox 5's tom fitzgerald live near the search site with the latest. tom? >> reporter: brian, of those 25, 14 bodies are still in that mine tonight, and the four that you were referring to, they just do not know what their condition is at this point. the goal here is to drill these ventilation holes but that work will not go quickly. it's methodical work 100 feet per hour. at that rate to get down to the mine 1200 feet into this mountain behind us tonight, we are expecting we're told that that ventilation shaft will not be open to the mine itself until at least noon tomorrow. at this point, the explosion is rocking this area with people coming down to the command station and also checking in with local authorities. what the governor told us is the search was called off at 2:30 this morning after search crews became concerned about another methane buildup within the mine shaft. the c.e.o. of theompany that owns this mine say they do not know what caused
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in virginia, just across the potomac from downtown washington, d.c. they are getting as close as they legally can get to washington, d.c. with loaded weapons. simultaneous simultaneously in washington the second amendment march. the second amendment march is holding an armed march at virginia at the state capitol in virginia. the featured speaker is virginia's attorney general ken kuch cuccinelli, and bob mcdonnell who declared april to be confederate history month in virginia. news days like this that remind me when somebody says may you live in interesting times they probably mean it as a curse. joining me is zachary ross. from talking point memos. thanks for joining us. >> thanks for having me. >> i want to talk to you about an anti-abortion connection, the man arrested in texas, the man in washington state, one of his messages to patty murray, baby killer, murray, i hope somebody gets through security and blows your expletive brains out. do we know how the anti-abortion movement is related to other forms of extremism? >> we don't know absolutely. but when george tiller was murdered last y
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has pulled itself out of our west virginia mining association, for example, and the chamber of commerce is in the national mining association. so it's a rather lonely operation sometimes here. >> on the question of these violations, we spoke with the ceo of massey energy company, don blankenship, yesterday, and aired some of that this morning. he said the violations are up partially as a result of the miner act. you tighten the regulations, companies violate these violations because they find it difficult to get compliance. do you buy that argument? >> well, some companies fought the miner act implementation. others agreed to change it when necessary and they wanted to do what was necessary to improve the mine safety health underground. and because violations are up doesn't mean it's necessarily because somebody's after them. it means that you have to do a better job. and most responsible mine operators want to do a better job. they want to prevent accidents. they do not want to cut corners. they do not want to shortchange a miner's life in exchange for the bottom line profi
virginia. >> conditions inside the mine still too dangerous for rescue crews to enter and hope is beginning to fade. fox 5 morning news continues now at 6:00. >>> good morning. thank you so much for waking one fox 5 morning news this wednesday morning, april 7th. there is a live look it morning at our nation's capital and temperatures around 07 degrees already. i'm gurvir dhindsa. >> i'm steve chenevey. >> we are following some breaking news right off the top this morning. this is happening in laurel where four people were shot early this morning. two of the victims were found on hitching post lane. two others found about a mile away on alma avenue. police say this happened about 1:00 this morning. we don't have any word on the victims' identities. we will have a live report coming up later this hour. >> let's check in with tony perkins. can't believe we were 90 degrees yesterday. >> and believe it or not, we'll be there. the average for yesterday was 6 # degrees. our normal high for the day. today, we'll be right up there again. there is no precipitation this morning. humidity is around th
are dealing in real terms and realistically, understand and these are tough. >> reporter: the west virginia governor spent a lot of time with the victims' families and told us that they're understanding of the delay. he told us the families have told him that they don't want to see anymore people die in the mine and if they have to take more time to vent that gas, the families are prepared to wait longer. >> is there anything else they can do besides banging on the pipes to see if the the four missing miners are alive? >> it's a good question, brian. a frustrated one for the rescuers. they have penetrated into the mine shaft and still can't get the gas out. what they're going to do in the next few hours is make use is of the one boring hole and the second is to be completed at 4:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. they going to lower a camera down the mine shaft and try to peer around into the rescue chambers the governor was talking about and there are four-day supplies of food, water and air in the chambers. if they can see one of the four missing men and able to
virginia, and i think throughout the country, are taught to escape first. they are taught to try to get out of the mine the way they came in first. they retreat to a chamber or rescue shelter as a last resort. when they have made the determination, if their training has taken, if they have made the determination that they need to go to a shelter, that that's the last place that they would go. a shelter is a sophisticated barricade, in my opinion. >> is there any evidence at this point that these -- to believe anyone is alive down there, any actual evidence of that? >> we don't have any at this point. we just have hope. >> how far is that refuge chamber for the portal. >> do you know? >> one inch equals 500 foot map. i guesstimated a few days ago about 8,000 feet. >> so rescuer will have to go in about two miles. >> they would ride in a certain distance. they won't walk in from the outside. we'll get them in there as quickly as possible for them to get in as far as we can. >> you said there is not significant debris between the way out and the way in there? >> the debris starts where the nin
that you get nothing. >> move onto another one here, virginia's republican governor bob mcdonnell declaring april is confederate month. it sparks anger among civil rights leader and others. mcdonnell saying it will promote state tourism leading up to its 150 athanniversary of the civil war next year. the declaration honors the men, they say, who fought in the war but it makes no mention of slavery, for instance. former virginia governor douglas wilder the grandson of slaves himself, called the omission "mind-boggling." matt, your view on -- whether it's virginia or any formally confederate state that would use a confederate celebration, absent the acknowledgement of slavery is a mechanism to generate tourism revenue. >> virginia i think has four ongoing things that they're honoring right now, including organ donation and child safety month. but april i guess was just to create confederate month here in the commonwealth of virginia. my take is i think it is entirely fitting and proper and to remember and to honor virginians who died fighting in this civil war, but i also agree with governor
from the upper big branch mine in west virginia but slim are the odds of finding survivors and rescue crews are not stopping their work. at least 25 people are confirmed ted in the explosion monday. four more reported missing. these are some of the people who supply the power we use every day. half of all electricity in the united states comes from coal. today we got updates from the people in charge of finding the missing men. crews finished drilling one ventilation hole in the mine and they're working on two more. the officials also say they've been banging on a drill pipe hoping to get a response from the mile-an-hour -- from the miners but they've heard nothing. as for a timeline of when to get in, it depends on how long it takes to remove the dangerous methane gas that may have caused the explosion. >> until we get readings and know where we are and what type of air we have, it will determine how quick and what timetable we're on and you'll have a better idea of when they believe the air is safe enough to send the rescue teams n they're prepared. they're charged and ready to go.
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explosion at a coal mine in west virginia to send a signal to any possible survivors of monday's disaster. the rescuers just finished drilling the first of several holes to release any deadly gas. once they vent that, they can try to search underground. >>> president obama heads to the czech republic tonight. he's going to sign a new nuclear weapons treaty with russia. the two countries are agreeing to cut more nuclear arms. the treaty also includes new limits on missiles and bombers. >>> three teens accused of bullying a student who committed suicide have pleaded not guilty to charges in the case. two of them are charged with statutory rape and two accused of civil rights violation and harassment. phoebe prince killed herself in january after months of intense bullying by classmates. >>> we want to welcome you back, good morning. if you're just shaking the sleep out of your eyes, we're glad to have you. >>> so far rescuers are getting no response from the signals they're sending into a coal mine in west virginia. they're searching and hoping that four minors that are missing from monday'
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.c. >> aaron gilchrist, thank you. >>> more on the mining disaster in west virginia. still too dangerous for rescuers go inside that mine. authorities say that the levels of methane gas are too high. four miners remain missing after an explosion mob, killed 25 miners. and in the meantime, help from our area is on its way. members of sprint nextel's emergency response team loaded up this morning and bringing hundreds of cell phones and other devices to the mine to help authorities better communicate with each other. steve handelsman is there in naoma, west virginia, to tell bus what the scene is there now. steve? >> reporter: thanks. good evening. certainly used an increase of cell power here. a lot of the families we speak to say they are having a hard time staying in touch. in the deep valleys in coal country in west virginia, they never had cell service. this is a place of intensity now. intense emotions and intense rescue efforts. let's talk about the first. we spoke a short time ago to a miner who was one of those who escaped on monday. this was during a shift change when the explosi
>>> on our broadcast tonight, the mine disaster in west virginia. the agonizing wait. the search for survivors and the company's safety record. >>> a state of emergency for a key american ally. what it could mean for the u.s. war effort. >>> chain reaction. why some smokers get lung cancer d others don't. something new tonight that could lessen the risk. >>> and air rage. what more can they charge for? the anger over an airline's plan to charge to carry on a bag. tonight we'll hear from the man in charge. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >> good evening. we received word late today several ambulances were moving toward the entrance of that mine in west virginia. while we wanted to be hopeful tonight, there is no such news from deep in the ground. there they are still drilling holes into the mine, but the air is too toxic and dangerous and a setback for the rescue evident. while nothing will save the 25 confirmed dead, there is a lot of attention being paitonight to the safety record of this mining company. we have it all covered this evenin
underground in west virginia? as a desperate drilling effort begins, we've got the inside story of the worst mining disaster in more than 25 years. >>> bullied to death. as three of nine suspects enter not guilty pleas, how prosecutors say a ruthless group of teens drew pretty new girl phoebe prince to take her own life. should parents and school officials share the blame? >>> plus, bacon bliss. from bacon fashion to bacon flavored everything. it may be a heart stopper, but the bacon boom is sizzling. and it's tonight's "sign of the times." >> announcer: from the global resources of abc news, with martin bashir and cynthia mcfadden in new york city, and terry moran in washington, this is "nightline," april 6th, 2010. >> good evening. amid the grief and anger and prayer in west virginia tonight, there is faint hope. hope that the four coal miners who remain missing may still be alive. but even if a miracle is waiting underground, the damage has been done. and along with the mourning now come the difficult questions about how this mine is being operated, and whether this explosion could have b
. >>> west virginia's governor predicts today will be a big day. talking about the search for four minors unaccounted for after a explosion on monday. for the minor's families, hope hinges on his word here. search crews drilled a bore hole and lowered pipes in the hole and banged on them in an effort to contact them. there was no respops, but crews are planning to bore a total of four holes to minimize the threat of another explosion there. they're going to assess whether the air is clear enough to send in rescue crews in the next day or two. 25 minors die in the blast. two others died in the hospital right now. hope is still alive that the four missing minors survived. >> we're hoping that between the 10:00 and the 2:00 we would have more information that would allow them making decisions. once they get the readings and the readings look like it could be good enough for a time period, then they'll be able to plan around that. that was the time we're still hoping between now and 2:00 if the fan gets up, we start getting some readings. they can tell what type of air they're dealing with. a
of moments on the search for four missing miners in west virginia. families, holding on to hope for a miracle today. we're going to to look at the upper big branch mine, safety crews say crews are making some progress since monday's blast that killed at least 25. talking to someone about the risks they face in a moment stand by for that here. >>> in the meantime, there's new word of a major shift in foreign policy, reports say the white house is rewriting the document that identifies the biggest threat to national security, removing islamic references, including those that involve jihad and islamic extremism. that's an about face from the previous administration. good morning, everybody, i'm bill hemmer, welcome to america us -- to "america's newsroom". martha: that's going to get a lot of attention. good morning, bill, good morning, everybody at home, i'm martha maccallum, the obama administration has already sort of shunned the phrase the war on terror, so widely used burg the -- during the bush administration. sources say this new change in the language, wee moving that word, islamic, with
virginia and throughout the country are taught to escape first. they're taught to get out of the mine the way they came in first. they retreat to a chamber or rescue shelter as a last resort. when they have made the determination, if their training has taken, if they have made the determination that they need to go to a shelter, that that's the last place that they would go. a shelter is a sophisticated barricade, in my opinion. >> is there any evidence that leads you believe that anyone is alive? is there any evidence of that? >> we don't have any at this point. we just have hope. >> how far is that refuge chamber from the entrance to the hole? >> do you know? >> it's one inch equals a 500-foot map. i just guesstimated about 8,000 feet. >> so rescuers would have to go in two miles. >> they'll ride in a certain distance. they won't walk in from the outside. we'll get their them in there as quickly as possible for them to get in as far as we can. >>. [ inaudible question ] the debris starts around where the nine miners were on their way out. up to that point we can have access up to th
in the confessional and, of course, in the zone. >>> virginia's republican governor has outdone himself. he thinks now would be the perfect time to honor the confederacy. the reverend jesse jackson will rip on that at the bottom of the hour. >>> plus, hannity and the huskies make a cameo appearance in the "playbook" section of "the ed show." stay with us. we're right back here on msnbc. be good to your heart? so is campbell's healthy request soup. low in fat and cholesterol, heart healthy levels of sodium, and taste you'll love. guy: mmmm! chef: we're kind of excited about it. announcer: campbell's healthy request. because with national, i roll past the counter... and choose any car in the aisle. choosing your own car? now that's a good call. go national. go like a pro. >>> it's going to take a miracle for rescuers to get to the four trapped west virginia miners and get them out alive. that mining company had thousands of safety violations over the years. this has me convinced we need an investigation into criminal negligence. i have a commentary next. is your fitness drink pure? ♪ this one is. ♪
crews in west virginia are holding out faint hope that the coal miners still trapped underground will emerge' life. >> here's what we know this morning. four miners are still missing. drills have been drilling holes into the mine to release all that built-up it was. family and friends gathered for a church service last night to pray for the victims. at least seven of the 25 bodies have been recover the so far. diane sawyer has the details from west virginia. >> reporter: 61 miners at the mine. it was a shift change. half were nearly out, half were taking over, going in, when the blast happened. and this was an explosion so horrific it picked up steel railings from the track and twisted them like molten pretzels. there is a shaft nearly 6,000 feet and at the end of it, a prayer that there's a sealed chamber where the unaccounted miners still might be alive, might be breathing. but to get to them they must drill through 1,200 feet. the community prays all night and day for their safety. stanley stewart had just started his shift 300 feet down when suddenly it went dark. >> the powe
mine in west virginia. that is according to west virginia governor joe manchin. 25 miners were killed in monday's explosion but 4 others are still listed as missing. the first order of business is getting dangerous methane and carbon monoxide out of that mine so rescue crews can go back in. one ventilation hole reached the mine early this evening. they drilled down into the mountain. rescuers are planning to drill another hole. more holes. and then they can hope to start up fans which will draw the toxic air out here. there's methane and other things in here. then they'll take air quality readings. once that's done they'll get in there. listen to this. >> they're trying to get those readings. until we start getting those readings and knowing where we are and what type of air we have down there will determine how quick and what timetable we're on. once we do that then you'll have a better idea of when they believe that the air will be safe enough to send rescue teams in. the rescue teams are prepared. they are charged up, ready to go. and they will go at a moment's notice. >> all right
intensifies for four miners after monday's deadly blast at a west virginia coal mine. recrews are making proing res while families for the 25 killed are making final arrangements. west virginia governor joe manchin telling us rescuers have made a breakthrough completing one of the four bore holes in the area where miners are believed to be. that hole is an exhaust port using high-pressure fans to fill the gas-filled mine with clean air. here's the heart wrenching reality. there's been no response from any of the missing miners as rescuers continue to knock on pipes hoping those miners will reply. we've got big-time team coverage. "american morning's" john roberts live in naoma with the part of this. chief medical correspondent, dr. sanjay gupta, as well, medically speaking, could the four remaining miners still be alive? and ed lavandera praying that that answer is yes. john, you actually talked to the ceo of this mine. let's go ahead and listen to his defense as you grilled him on production, profits and mine safety. >> wield disagree in terms of the condition of our mines. a number of
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